HSGMC should not canvass for Cong in Haryana: Makkar

  • HT Correspondent, None, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 23:40 IST

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is against the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) extending help to the Congress in the Haryana assembly polls.

Talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said HSGMC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda should realise that an anti-Sikh party like the Congress should not be extended support.

“Jhinda and his supporters should be aware of what the Congress had done with the Sikhs in the past,” he said without going into the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. However, in the same breath, Makkar added, “Anyway, no Sikh in Haryana is going to listen to Jhinda. He carries no weight in Haryana.”

Though he did not elaborate on this, the SGPC chief's clear indication was to the excommunication of Jhinda from the Sikh community by the Akal Takht. Jhinda along with Didar Singh Nalvi, the vice-president of HSGMC and Haryana minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha, were excommunicated from the Sikh 'panth' by the Akal Takht for their role in the formation of a separate gurdwara body. The trio was accused of 'dividing the panth' and weakening the SGPC.

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